UWHEN SLCC Chapter 2018-2019 Board of Directors

Board Members:

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Celia Duarte, President

My name is Celia Duarte, I am the Assistant Registrar for the Professional Development Student Record Management Office at Miller Campus. I recently joined the Utah Women in Higher Education (UWHEN) board, and was nominated to be an Event Coordinator. I have worked at Salt Lake Community College for seven years and have enjoyed working with a great group of people. I work with various departments within the college and have learned to appreciate how each department assists students differently and guides them in the right path so they can reach their educational goals. I attended my first UWHEN conference at Utah Valley University in 2014. At this conference, I realized that my voice is important and that I too could help empower other women. I enjoy networking with women from different Universities from around the state. This helps me learn new ideas of how they manage their work areas and have also found some great mentors along the way. I look forward to collaborating with other professional women within this organization and Higher Education. I’m excited about sharing and hearing new ideas with my colleagues.

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Karlie Christensen, President-Elect

Karlie Christensen is an Internal Auditor at Salt Lake Community College. Karlie is currently serving as a member of the Board of the SLCC chapter of Utah Women in Higher Education Network (UWHEN). Karlie has been with Salt Lake Community College since 2014. Karlie first got involved with UWHEN after attending both College and State-wide events where she was impressed by the atmosphere, content, and opportunity to network with amazing women. Karlie looks forwarded to working with the UWHEN Board to create opportunities for women to network and learn.

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Maura Hahnenberger, Past-President

Maura Hahnenberger is an Assistant Professor in the Geosciences Department at Salt Lake Community College. At SLCC she teaches and advises in the Atmospheric Sciences and Geography programs in both face to face and online settings. Maura is the founder of the WaterGirls outreach program which provides middle school girls with field experiences conducting water science. She also serves on the boards of the Utah Chapter of the American Meteorological Society and the Earth Science Women's Network. Her research and teaching interests center around natural and human-caused environmental hazards including dust storms, air pollution, and hazardous weather. She received her B.S. and M.S. in Meteorology and Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Utah studying dust storms in the eastern Great Basin of Utah. Maura joined UWHEN to help foster professional development opportunities for women in higher education.

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Anjali Pai, Advisor and State Representative

Anjali Pai is the Director Staff Development at SLCC and the current Chair of the UWHEN State Board. Prior to joining SLCC, Anjali spent over ten years actively engaged in internationalization efforts at the University of Utah and Kaplan International. It was during this time that she developed a passion for creating strong leadership and mentoring programs emphasizing institutional collaboration and inclusion. Prior to moving to Salt Lake City, Anjali lived and worked overseas in Singapore and Sydney. Anjali has a Master’s in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah. She is actively engaged in the community with children by volunteering at The Sharing Place. Anjali serves as an advisor the UWHEN SLCC Chapter and she enthusiastically participates in all events so she can meet other engaged women in our campus community who are interested in advancing women’s leadership.

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Angie Napper Walker, State Representative

Angie Napper Walker is the Director of SLCC Online & eLearning Services at Salt Lake Community College and an online part-time faculty member for Southern New Hampshire University. Additionally, Angie is currently serving as an Advisor for the SLCC chapter of Utah Women in Higher Education Network (UWHEN) and the Treasurer of the State Board. Angie has over twelve years of experience working in higher education at the university and college levels as an educational administrator, project manager, assessment and instructional designer, and teacher. She also has extensive experience in online and competency-based education. Angie holds a Master of Arts in Art History from the University of Utah and a Master of Science in Education with an emphasis on Instructional Design from the University of Wisconsin - Stout. She also has a graduate certificate as a Higher Education Teaching Specialist from the University of Utah. Angie is passionate about creating a positive and supporting environment for women working in higher education where they can network, learn, and grow, both personally and professionally.

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Mary Jane Thompson, Secretary/Historian

Mary Jane (MJ) Thompson is a Facilities Manager in Facilities at Salt Lake Community College.; She serves as Secretary on the UWHEN – SLCC Chapter Board. MJ has been working at SLCC for over 18 years and enjoys working in higher education. She has a Master of Business Administration from Western Governors University. She has served on various boards and committees at SLCC. She is currently serving as the Treasurer for Rocky Mountain Region of APPA, Leadership in Educational Facilities. She is grateful to serve on the board of UWHEN. She cares deeply about being a part of serving and supporting other women in higher education.

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Emily Barnes, Marketing Manager

Emily Barnes has been the Utah Women in Higher Education Network-SLCC Chapter’s Marketing Manager for years. She works in the Curriculum and Articulation Office and with the Faculty Governance Leadership and Committees. Emily serves on the SLCC Staff Association Executive Board as a Delegate-Elect for the Redwood Campus. Emily is the lead facilitator in the efforts in bringing SASS (Surviving Assault Standing Strong) women’s self-defense, future, credit and non-credit courses to SLCC and the Greater Salt Lake Community. She has coordinated efforts with The State of Utah/Department of Public Safety and SASS Leadership on past, successful, workshops and continues to work with them. Governor Herbert awarded Emily: The Excellence for Innovation and Efficiency in Leadership Award. Emily is a graduate of the SLCC President’s Leadership Institute. She has served as an Executive Board Member for the Festival of Trees-Primary Children’s Hospital and volunteers annually in other capacities. She speaks, trains, and has a lifetime of leadership roles in the community, with all ages and backgrounds. Emily is an aspiring authoress. Earning a B.A. Degree from the University of Utah: Environment and Behavior, she is a first-generation graduate. Her life’s voyage mantra: “Support. Inspire. Empower.”.

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Julia Ellis, Event Coordinator

Julia Ellis is the Program Manager, Faculty Liaison, and Adjunct Faculty member for the Institute of Public Safety at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC). She is the current President for the Utah Higher Education Staff Association (UHESA), Past President for the SLCC Staff Associate, and Board Member for the SLCC Chapter of the Utah Women in Higher Education Network (UWHEN). She began her employment with SLCC in March 2006 as a student preparing to graduate and transfer to Weber State University (WSU). She graduated in Spring 2008 with degrees in Sociology, Psychology, and Criminal Justice using the SLCC and WSU University Partnership program. In 2018 she graduate with high honors from the University of Utah with a Master’s in Public Administration. Julia values and supports initiatives which strive to provide equity, promote diversity, and advancement for underrepresented and marginalized populations; she joins these efforts to better balance society and understands there is a lot of work to be done to correct these deeply rooted issues. She is pleased to be part of a network that is not afraid to challenge the current norms to resolve issues and expand future opportunities for all who identify as female.

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Alison Arndt-Wild, Event Coordinator

Alison Arndt-Wild is an Assistant Professor in the Media Studies and Journalism program as well as the Director of the Student Media Center at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC). She has recently become a Board Member for the SLCC Chapter of the Utah Women in Higher Education Network (UWHEN). She began her employment with SLCC in December of 2005 as a staff member in the now defunct Center for Media Innovation as a video producer. Through the years Alison has moved through the positions of production coordinator, Student Media Director and most recently to faculty in 2016. Also most loves helping students achieve their goals and be proud of themselves when they see are read the media projects they make. She also enjoys being involved on campus and has served on a number of committees and boards over the years. She looks forward to the opportunity to being on the SLCC UWHEN chapter to help women at SLCC feel empowered and find the leaders within themselves.

Trina Polta, Event Coordinator

As a Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) alumna, Trina Polta lives out her passion every day, creating engaging, meaningful and creative digital video content as the college's Institutional and Community Producer. Before returning to SLCC for a skills upgrade in three areas of study (film, photography and multimedia), Trina received her Bachelor of Arts degree from San Francisco State University in Broadcast Electronic Communications & Arts. Prior to joining SLCC in 2014, she produced in small and large television news markets, and created short and long form pieces for a video production house in Salt Lake City. Trina is a member of the SLCC chapter of Utah Women in Higher Education (UWHEN), American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC), and Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). If you are looking for a tribe, Trina challenges you to attend a UWHEN event because there is nothing better than connecting with a group of diverse professionals who have fun while uplifting others. She quickly learned, after participating in UWHEN hosted events on mentorship, work/life balance and leadership, that this is a great employee benefit! Trina recently completed the American Association of Women in Community Colleges LEADERS Institute, that promotes the development of women's leadership skills and qualities at every level in community college education and administration. Upon returning Trina is encouraging colleagues near and far to go for their dreams.

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Michelle Cahoon, Treasurer

Michelle Cahoon is the Facilities Services Accountant at Salt Lake Community College. She graduated with her BA in History with minors in both Business Management and Family Life. Before joining SLCC in 2015, she worked in a dominantly female environment and developed a love for building relationships with women. Once learning about UWHEN, Michelle immediately felt a desire to be involved and has been actively engaged ever since. She is currently on the Board of the UWHEN SLCC Chapter and is excited to serve an organization for which she feels so passionately. Among many reasons, Michelle encourages others to be involved with UWHEN for fun, comradery and inspiration.

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Connie Spanton-Jex

Connie Spanton-Jex is an Associate Professor and Coordinator for the American Sign Language/English Interpreting Program. Connie began her tenure at Salt Lake Community College as a full-time interpreter in the Disability Resource Center during Fall 2001. The following year after completing her Master’s Degree in Deaf Education from McDaniel College in Maryland (later renamed Western Maryland College) she joined the ranks of faculty in the ASL/I Program. Connie has been a nationally certified ASL/English interpreter for 28 years and she continues to work part-time as an interpreter, interpreting in the local community as a freelance interpreter and for Sorenson Communications as a Video Relay Service (SVRS) interpreter. Connie is passionate about interpreting and ensuring that those who do not know ASL can communicate with those who do. Connie attended her first Utah Women in Higher Education Network event on the campus of SLCC in 2016 and has been hooked ever since. Feeling passionate about wanting to improve her leadership skills and set an example for her female students, daughter and granddaughter, Connie requested to join the UWHEN Board. She is excited about her upcoming journey with UWHEN, her anticipated growth as a leader, and thrilled to spread the word about this fabulous organization and its benefits for women.